Parolee gets 6 years for firing shots over the heads of Chicago cops as they wrote parking tickets

Quincy Newell (Cook County sheriff’s office)

CHICAGO — Quincy Newell was on parole for shooting a victim during an armed robbery when prosecutors accused him last spring of firing shots over the heads of Chicago police officers as they wrote traffic citations in Fuller Park. Now, Newell has pleaded guilty to all charges in the latest case, according to court records. Judge Jennifer Coleman sentenced him to six years.

Wearing full uniforms and seated inside a fully marked Chicago police squad car, the officers were writing citations in the 200 block of West 45th Street, just west of the Dan Ryan Expressway, on the afternoon of April 30, 2023.

One of the officers noticed Newell sitting in a nearby car with one foot sticking out of the driver’s door, pointing a gun toward the cops and moving it side-to-side, prosecutors alleged. Newell proceeded to aim the gun over the officers’ heads and fire about eight shots, according to prosecutors. Another driver later reported that their front passenger window was shot out near 45th and Wells, about a half-block from where the shots were fired.

The officers chased Newell, but he got away. When other cops pulled him over on the Dan Ryan Expressway, Newell briefly stopped, then allegedly sped off, leading them on a 30-minute chase before being caught. Officers found an unloaded handgun on the center console of his car and a 9-millimeter bullet on the floorboard, officials said. Another eight 9-millimeter shell casings were found at the shooting scene. While the gun was a .40-caliber, prosecutors said it was capable of firing 9-millimeter rounds.

Court records show he pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of aggravated fleeing, and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm.

In 2013, Newell and an accomplice tried to rob two victims after meeting up with them to buy iPhones they were selling on Facebook. At one point, Newell ordered them to turn over everything he had. One victim ran, and Newell fired a shot at him that missed. He then shot the second victim “about three times” in the leg and lower back, according to prosecutors.

He was paroled in June 2022. But the state revoked his parole, and he returned to prison about a week after the charges were filed last year. He is now scheduled to be paroled on April 23, 2026.

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